Christian McCaffrey initially “angry” when Panthers traded him after telling him they wouldn’t

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Christian McCaffrey expected to spend his career in Carolina, playing for the Panthers after they drafted him with the eighth overall choice in 2017. McCaffrey didn’t expect the Panthers to trade him, especially after receiving reassurance from General Manager Scott Fitterer.

McCaffrey said Fitterer told him he would “absolutely not” be traded.

After six games, though, the Panthers sent him to the 49ers.

“It’s a weird deal because there’s so many emotions, and the first emotion is probably anger,” McCaffrey recently said on the Bussin’ with the Boys podcast, via Michael Gallagher of YardBarker. “Like, you guys don’t want me anymore? That’s really what it is. ‘Well, they got a lot for you.’ Nah, like you think you’re better off without me; that’s what it is. You’re pissed off, but then you’re excited.

“There’s so many emotions that get flooded at you at once. . . . I don’t know if I’ve fully decompressed yet from the whole thing.”

The Panthers received second-, third- and fourth-round selections in return for McCaffrey and a fifth-rounder in 2024.

McCaffrey totaled 1,210 yards of offense and 10 total touchdowns after the trade, bringing his season total to 1,880 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns.

McCaffrey, 26, is signed through the 2025 season. His scheduled salary cap hit is about $12 million in each of the upcoming three seasons.

9 responses to “Christian McCaffrey initially “angry” when Panthers traded him after telling him they wouldn’t

  1. He played great for the 49ers. This trade worked out well for both teams and for Christian.

  2. This guy is worth every penny. He will have one of the most amazing years next year once Shanahan has an off season with him.

  3. It was all about getting draft picks after the Panthers traded theirs for imploding quarterbacks. Fitterer bears a lot of the blame as his track record is shoddy at best but at the end of the day football is a business. It is what it is. John Fox.

  4. All I can see is this guy is a pro’s pro. He just keeps doing more and more and takes on responsibility and is a beast whenever he touches the ball. When he has an “off” play, he is as good as most players’ regular efforts. His ceiling is still not hit. He is a very dangerous weapon at all times and just needs to make sure he is able to handle the workload with physical conditioning. This guy can do just about everything on offense other than pass the ball.

  5. @hukdeep – The guy is 9th in league in career touches among all active players. At age 26. Usage matters. The glass comment is off-side.

  6. One of the greatest in-season moves this year. All the more critical when SF had the quarterback issues. How great must it have been for Purdy to have a weapon like him for the safe check downs.

  7. trun0rth says:
    March 2, 2023 at 2:08 pm
    @hukdeep – The guy is 9th in league in career touches among all active players. At age 26. Usage matters. The glass comment is off-side.

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    Exactly… If you put 300,000 miles on your car, it’s going to break down more than a less used car.

    A human body heals itself, but needs time to do so. All of the soft tissue injuries are from overuse.

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